Magpies director quits after 'ill-advised' post

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Collingwood committee subordinate Bridie O'Donnell has announced her resignation conscionable 4 months aft joining the club.

O'Donnell, who took the station successful May, discontinue with contiguous effect today.

It comes aft O'Donnell, a nationalist champion crossed 3 sports – cycling, rowing and triathlon - was heavy criticised for an Instagram station cheering connected the Western Bulldogs during past weekend's triumph implicit Port Adelaide.

The Magpies said O'Donnell had discontinue for nonrecreational reasons. She was past week appointed arsenic an Area of Operation Controller successful the COVID-19 Outbreak Response Team successful the Department of Health and further clarified her reasons for leaving successful a idiosyncratic missive to fans attached to the connection sent retired by Collingwood.

"It is with regret that the Collingwood committee has accepted the resignation of ex officio director, Dr Bridie O'Donnell," Collingwood president Mark Korda said successful a statement.

"For nonrecreational reasons, that are explained beneath (in O'Donnell's letter) and underline the outstanding qualities and expertise that saw Bridie appointed to the board, she has had to resign with contiguous effect.

Bridie O'Donnell's Instagram communicative (Instagram/Nine)

"The accidental and work earlier Bridie we recognize and yet her departure is Collingwood's loss.

"On behalf of the committee I convey Bridie for her publication to our nine and privation her each success. Her convey you enactment to Collingwood members follows."

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The evening earlier O'Donnell's resignation, seasoned AFL newsman Caroline Wilson was captious of her Instagram station connected Nine's Footy Classified.

"We cognize she was a Western Bulldogs protagonist successful erstwhile years," Wilson told Nine's Footy Classified.

"She said 'please delight please not Port. Come connected Doggies' connected Instagram... We cognize it was an embarrassing contented due to the fact that determination were voting rights issues for Bridie O'Donnell."

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Wilson enactment the substance to erstwhile Collingwood president Eddie McGuire, who besides conceded that O'Donnell had made a mistake.

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"Oh, look, it's ill-advised. You cognize my thoughts connected Instagram and Twitter and things similar that. Just don't get connected it," McGuire said.

"Why would you enactment your caput successful the lion's rima and propulsion the process again astatine the moment? It's ill-advised."

O'Donnell's resignation volition mean that a 4th committee vacancy volition unfastened up astatine the predetermination during the adjacent yearly wide gathering successful December.

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